What if I was injured by hip replacement surgery? If you are asking this question, it is probably because you were injured as a result of having hip replacement surgery, and you want to be compensated for your injury.
If you believe your injury is due to a defective hip replacement device, negligence, surgical errors, hospital errors or some other medical malpractice; you really ought to consult a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you. You may be able to be compensated for your injury, which includes medical and other expenses and pain and suffering.
Weight bearing joint
Your hip is one of the main weight bearing joints in your body and is composed of a rounded socket and a ball. Your ball (femoral head) is situated at the top of your thigh bone (femur). Your rounded socket (acetabulum) is located in your pelvis. The ball on your thigh bone fits into the rounded socket in your pelvis.
The thing that connects your ball to your socket and enables them to be secure are ligaments (bands of tissue). A smooth, tough material called articular cartilage covers the surface of your ball and joint. In addition, this articular cartilage gives your bones the ability to move easily and cushions them.
The remainder of the surfaces of your hip joint is covered by a thin, smooth liner known as synovial membrane. A small amount of fluid that acts as a lubricant is produced by your synovial membrane, and it prevents the bones of your hip joint from rubbing against each other.
In most cases, hip replacement surgery or arthroplasty, is performed because of the wearing down of the hip joint that is brought about by osteoarthritis. Other reasons for hip replacement surgery include:
New hip replacement devices and surgical techniques continue to be developed and have made hip replacement surgery very successful in relieving hip pain. However, there are risks that are associated with hip replacement surgery. These include:
Healthy portions of your hip joint fracturing during surgery
Changes in leg length
Blood clots developing in your leg veins after surgery
Ball joint dislocation
Infection at the site of your incision and in the deeper tissue close to your new hip.
Loosening of your new hip joint
Allergic reaction to any of the medications you are given
Falling in the hospital as a result of things like slippery floors, moving around with several tubes hooked up to your body, unfamiliar surroundings, pain or medications that cause you to be sleepy, loose gowns or feeling weak after surgery.
In addition, if your hip replacement device fails, you may have to have hip revision surgery to replace or fix the device. Hip revision surgery is very invasive and involves dislocating or breaking previous hip replacement devices. This means higher health risks.
Again, if you believe you were injured by hip replacement surgery because of a defective hip replacement device, negligence, surgical errors, hospital errors or some other medical malpractice, talk to a personal injury attorney and have your case evaluated at no cost or obligation to you.
Article written by James Shugart
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